Sculpture at Wisley 2020

Sculpture at Wisley 2020

Head to the wonderful RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey to see US sculptor and film maker Philip Haas' giant sized The Four Seasons

Philip Haas' maquettes are key pieces in this year's major art exhibition at RHS Wisley. See them until 30 September 2020. This is only the second time that the sculptures have been on show in the UK.

The Four Seasons are 15ft tall fibreglass heads which their maker Philp Haas says are 3-D interpretations of late 16th century Renaissance paintings by Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Exquisitely detailed, they imagine Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter in human form, rendered in exuberant and thought-provoking arrangements of seasonal fruit, vegetables, flowers and crops.
 
RHS Garden Wisley curator Matthew Pottage and Philip Haas selected settings for each piece to encourage visitor interaction with the sculpture. While often sited together in previous exhibitions, the separate locations at Wisley will allow each piece to be appreciated individually within the landscape, with their extraordinary scale matched by Wisley's grand vistas.
 
“The maquettes are loved by people of all ages – how could you fail to be enchanted by this verdant vision of Spring, or caught in Winter's unflinching gaze?' says Pottage. “We're delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the full-size artworks in the garden and we know our visitors will be excited to experience them as Philip Haas intended. Wisley's unique landscapes offer exciting new ways to view the works, and the sculpture will take on a different character as the garden moves through the seasons.'
 
Philip Haas says he wanted with this project 'to re-contextualize Arcimboldo's 16th-century nature imagery within the 21st-century physical world, through changes in scale, material and dimensionality. With the exhibition taking place at Wisley over multiple seasons, another transformation will occur to alter and enrich the viewer's perspective – the passage of time, the play of light and weather on the sculptures.'
 
 
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